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, mitt romney, speak at the clinton global initiative annual meeting also today. in nearly back-to-back speeches. hot topics for both, the u.s. response to anti-american protests across the muslim world. and we'll have more on this coming up. >>> now let's head to wall street and cnbc's courtney reagan is at the new york stock exchange. tell us more about the global bacon shortage on the way. al is very concerned this morning. he can't function. >> as are a number of others. this could be true, if you're a bacon lover, you better start hoarding it now. according to britain's national pig association, a worldwide shortage of pork and bacon next year is unavoidable. it's a result of the drought that hit much of the country this year. which damaged the crops used to feed the pigs. so the group predicts that the number of slaughtered pigs could fall by 10% in the second half of next year, and that could cause prices to double in some areas. natalie, back to you. >> stocking up now. courtney reagan, thanks. >>> what better way to show a little school spirit than to boogie down. the o
's move to politics now. >>> president obama and mitt romney are fine-tuning their message to voters with the first presidential debate just one week away. chuck todd is nbc's political director, chief white house correspondent. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, savannah. no swing state has been harder for mitt romney to gain traction in than ohio. it's why he has this bus trip this week. he is trying to get it back into play. the president is heading there today to try to put the state away. it's why they're both there this morning. >> it is time to get the real refs, and it reminds me of president obama and the economy. if you can't get it right, it's time to get out. >> reporter: the republican ticket is hoping their bus tour will make up lost ground in ohio as polls hoe mitt romney trailing president obama in this pivotal swing state. in dayton tuesday romney hammered mr. obama on tacks. >> i admit this one thing he did not do in his first four years, he has said he is going to do in the next four years which is to raise taxes, and is there anybody that
. >>> romney and obama trying to l lower expectations ahead of the first presidential debate. >> he's a debater. i'm just okay. >> but romney backer chris christie didn't get the memo. >> wednesday night the first night of this campaign. >> will this be a game-changer in the election? >>> and "i'm not perfect." arnold schwarzenegger about his failed marriage, his affairs and the child he fathered with his house keeper. >> i inflicted pain on maria and unbelievable pain on the kids. >> he prepares to release his tell-all memoir today, monday, october 1st, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live, from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a monday morning, i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. >>> the taliban is claiming responsibility for the deadly suicide bombing in eastern afghanistan overnight. >> they were targeting a military patrol in a crowded market. as we said, at least 14 people were killed, 3 americans among the dead. dozens were wounded. this comes one day after the u.s.
of his campaign, mitt romney's campaign is focused on jump-starting the defense and economic message with many republicans pressing him to sharpen his tone. looking to restore confidence in his campaign, a defiantly optimistic mitt romney rallied supporters under the lights in denver late sunday. >> i need your help. we have got to stand together. we have got to work together. we're taking back america. we must keep this nation the hope of the earth! >> reporter: earlier romney refused to concede he's an underdog in a series of battleground states and accused the president of consistently distorting his positions. >> i'm not going to try to fool people into making people think things he doesn't. he's trying to fool people to make them believe i think things that i don't. and that ends during the debate. >> reporter: privately romney and the president have been preparing for the debates, the first here in denver next week, but publicly the two campaigns are trying to lower expectations, even complimenting their opponent's debate skills. for his part on "60 minutes," president obama de
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